Spring is almost here and that means it is time to hit the playing field. From baseball and tennis to Lacrosse and Track & Field, sports are an important way to stay fit and active – while having some fun this spring. But what do you do when you can’t see without your glasses? Does poor eyesight preclude you from enjoying the sports you love? Of course not! But, there are a few things to keep in mind when mixing sports and eyewear.
Contact Sports and Alternatives to Lenses
High impact sports and glasses usually do not mix well. There are simply too many opportunities for your glasses to fall off your face or even cause an injury. If you want to enjoy a contact sport like lacrosse, rugby or soccer, be sure to talk with your optometrist about a solution. For one, they may recommend a pair of prescription sports glasses. Designed to withstand being hit, these durable frames and lenses are safe to wear and are made in a way to safeguard your face and eyes if broken. If you would like a more affordable solution, here are a few alternatives:
- Contact lenses. Contacts can be an easy and safe alternative to wearing eyeglasses on the field. If you are hit by a ball (or another player), usually the worst that happens is a lens pops out and can be quickly and easily replaced. Contacts also make it easier to wear other eye protection (like goggles and masks) without the bulk of eyeglasses worn underneath.
- Face masks. Depending on the position you play you may be able to wear your everyday glasses underneath a face mask. This is an especially good option for sports involving goalies.
There is always a risk of being hit by a ball – or another player — when playing any sport; even one with minimal contact. That is why you should always be prepared. Having a special pair of glasses to wear during sports activities will ensure that you aren’t left without eyeglasses should the pair you are wearing get broken.
Keep in mind that you do not have to spend a lot on your sports glasses. Simply ask your optometrist for a second pair made of polycarbonate lenses in a basic frame, which are typically less expensive.
Tips for Choosing Sports Glasses
Whether you opt for a pair of high-end sports glasses or a less expensive spare pair for such activities, remember, comfort is key to enjoying yourself on the field. Here are some tips for choosing the right pair of glasses for sporting activities:
- Make sure the fit is right. It can be hard to run and play if your eyewear is constantly, slipping down your nose when you sweat. Be sure to have your sports glasses fit more snugly than your everyday pair to accommodate for this.
- Go Light. Don’t get bogged down with heavy eyewear. Choose the lightest frames and lenses you can afford.
- Update your prescription regularly. You need to see clearly when engaged in a sporting activity. Get an annual eye exam and have your lenses updated whenever your prescription changes to ensure you will always see your best.
Playing spring sports with glasses doesn’t have to be a hassle. Speak with an optometrist at Vision First to determine what type of eyewear is best for you during sports season. With so many options now available, we will find something that fits your lifestyle and your budget.